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Japan Solar Boom Spurred by Low-Interest Loans from Local Banks, Credit Unions, Utilities

The U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) market is on the rise. According to SEIA/GTM Research, in 2014 the residential market surpassed the non-residential market for the first time. “The past three years have now seen the residential market grow by at least 50 percent on an annual basis, buoyed by major strides to lower soft costs, in tandem with increased penetration of third party financing solutions,” commented Cory Honeyman, Solar Analyst at GTM Research.

Oncor Launches Paradigm-Breaking Microgrid in Texas

The nature, shape and form of an emerging 21st century model for U.S. electric utilities is now on display outside the town of Lancaster, Texas. It’s there, in a comparatively remote area of southwestern Dallas County that Texas electric utility Oncor and smart grid specialists S&C Electric and Schneider Electric have assembled a “proof of concept” version of what they contend is “one of the most advanced microgrids in North America.

Questionable Cost Concerns Slow Net Metering

Net metering, which enables utilities to reimburse customers for solar power, is being reconsidered in many parts of the United States. The quarterly report “The 50 States of Solar,” published by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center in February, revealed 23 states changed their net metering policies during Q4 of 2014.